Sunday, 17 March 2013

New Discovery: Camels Lived in Arctic Canada

Joel Kontinen

We don’t usually think of camels as living in the arctic region. However, a recent discovery suggests that they once did:

Recently, a press release issued by the Canadian Museum of Nature stated that a Canadian research team had “identified the first evidence for an extinct giant camel in Canada's High Arctic. The discovery is based on 30 fossil fragments of a leg bone found on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, and represents the most northerly record for early camels, whose ancestors are known to have originated in North America some 45 million years ago.”

The researchers actually found collagen in the bones, which throws a dark cloud on the age of millions of years.

The collagen profile of the fossil suggests that the animal was indeed a camel.

How could the camel have lived so far in the north? The most logical explanation is that the global flood of Noah’s day washed the animal into an area that is not exactly known for its camels.

The pre-flood climate in the north was probably a lot warmer than it is today.


Remains of Extinct Giant Camel Discovered in High Arctic by Canadian Museum of Nature. Canadian Museum of Nature. 5 March 2013.